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  1. A Tribe Called Quest Documentary by Michael Rapaport to Hit Theaters

    April 27, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest , "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." The roll out across the country starts July 8 in New Yo ...

  2. Prince's 21 L.A. Shows: 17 To Go, But No One Knows When or Where

    April 22, 2011 2:52 PM EDT Even though Prince is amidst a 21 shows-stand in L.A. that began on April 14 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it's not at all clear where future shows will be held or where the tour will wrap-up. All Live Nation knows is that there will be ...

  3. Mary Anne Hobbs, Guest Blogger, on Her Switch From BBC Radio One to XFM

    April 22, 2011 2:30 PM EDT She's Seen A Million Faces, And Rocked Them All: Mary Anne Hobbs at Coachella (Photo: www.djgabereal.com ) From dropping out of school and working at an egg packing plant to living on a bus with a hard rock band to publishing the fanzine Krus ...

  4. Las Vegas Embraces Electric Daisy Rave Shunned by Los Angeles

    April 22, 2011 7:33 AM EDT The Electric Daisy Carnival - with its towering Ferris wheel, celebrity disc jockeys and pulsating lights - is the largest electronic music party in the United States. The wildly popular multi-day festival is relocating this year from Los Angeles ...

  5. Coachella 2011: Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 17, 2011 1:26 PM EDT There's so much happening on Coachella's five stages (not to mention behind the scenes), that it's impossible to catch everything that goes on around the festival grounds. Here's 10 things we witnessed on Saturday (April 16) th ...

  6. Coachella 2011: Seen & Heard Friday

    April 16, 2011 12:44 PM EDT There's so much happening on Coachella's five stages (not to mention behind the scenes), that it's impossible to catch everything that goes on around the festival grounds. Here's 10 things we witnessed that you may have missed ...

  7. Guest Post: A Study in Music Purchasing: Jack Isquith Buys a Foo Fighters Album

    April 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith that originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider and is reposted here with his permission. Isquith, a digital music industry veteran, has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and A ...

  8. Meet the Man Behind Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

    March 30, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Rebecca Black's song "Friday" has turned the 13-year-old into an overnight celebrity, spurred a rash of negative comments and now been viewed nearly 67 million times on YouTube. It's been widely reported that the aspiring singe ...

  9. Warped Tour Lineup Leaks

    March 25, 2011 10:02 AM EDT The Vans Warped Tour will holds its tour-announcement press conference and kick-off party tonight at the new House Of Vans in Brooklyn, but some of the drama of that event was taken away when a few fans got an unplanned sneek peak at a YouTube ann ...

  10. Publishing Briefs: Clear, Carly Simon, BMG, ASCAP, Primary Wave, EMI, BMI And More

    March 23, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Oleclear acquires Music People clear , the new production music division of Canadian music publishing firm ole, has acquired the Music People, a Canadian production music company founded in 1974, according to an announcement from ole. As part of t ...

  11. Lady Gaga Says Rebecca Black Is A 'Genius' During Google Visit

    March 23, 2011 10:38 AM EDT about $27,000 a week http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital ...

  12. Odd Future Cuts Set Short At Billboard SXSW Showcase

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT It's been one long, thrilling and occasionally bumpy trip to SXSW for Odd Future, and the L.A. rap group's gig at Billboard's Saturday night (Mar. 19) showcase was no different. Check out all of our South by Southwest coverage here. ...

  13. Fox Confirms L.A. Reid As 'X Factor' Judge

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Fox has confirmed that L.A. Reid will judge Simon Cowell's "X Factor." Reid resigned as chairman of Island Def Jam earlier this week. Reid is also expected to land a position at Sony Music, which houses Cowell's Syco Records, t ...

  14. Web Trends: New Videos From Michael Jackson and Panic! at the Disco, TV on the Radio's 'Caffeinated Consciousness'

    March 11, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 12. Ulcerative Colitis It has been announced that "American Idol" contestant Casey Abrams is suffering from this disease, which affects the lining of the large intestine. Abrams is currently in the hospital in L.A. for the ...

  15. Billboard SXSW Lineup: Odd Future, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Young the Giant & More

    March 09, 2011 7:26 PM EST Billboard is set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four days' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases jam-packed with indie rock, hip-hop, electro-pop and even YouTube sensations. L.A. rap collective Odd Future, C ...

  16. Rod Stewart To Be Honored at ASCAP's Pop Music Awards

    March 03, 2011 6:20 PM EST Rod Stewart will be honored at ASCAP's (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 28th Annual Pop Music Awards. Stewart will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award, the past recipients of which Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown ...

  17. Web Trends: Watch Thom Yorke Shoot Justin Bieber, The Strokes' New Video, New Kim Kardashian

    March 02, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 4. Kim Kardashian song The celebutante's new song "Jam (Turn It Up)" premiered on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show. The proceeds of sales of the club tune are going to St. Jude's Children's Research H ...

  18. Odd Future Sign Record Deals, Make (NSFW) Video Mocking Record Deals

    March 01, 2011 10:52 PM EST Rising L.A. rap collective Odd Future poke fun at their unhinged reputation and tear apart a record executive's office in "Odd Future Gets Signed," a new comedy video from Funny Or Die (below). The new clip comes as group leader Tyl ...

  19. Will.i.am Leaks/Promotes Britney Spears' 'Big Fat Bass'

    February 28, 2011 12:10 AM EST Whose got the mic? Will.i.am leaks and promotes "The Big Fat Bass" his collaboration with Britney W ill.i.am has leaked a snippet of another track from Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" album, "The Big Fat Bass," on ...

  20. 'Who The Hell Is That?' Will Sheff Of Okkervil River's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 12:43 PM EST Will Sheff, foreground, with his band Okkervil River (Photo: Alexandra Valenti) Much to his surprise, Will Sheff of the independent rock band Okkervil River was nominated for a Grammy for his liner notes to the Roky Erickson album "True Love ...

  21. Ringo Starr Brings Beatle Magic To Klaus Voormann Release Party

    February 13, 2011 1:28 PM EST Klaus Voormann is probably the person who can most legitimately claim to be the "fifth Beatle" - he's a friend from their Hamburg days, he illustrated the cover of "Revolver" and he played bass on many of their solo record ...

  22. Interscope Rolls Out Red Carpet for Il Volo During Grammy Week

    February 12, 2011 10:20 PM EST Italian teen trio Il Volo, on its first trip to America, were feted at Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair's home in Brentwood, California on Thursday night. Fair and Interscope head Jimmy Iovine signed the teenage tenors (Gianluca Ginoble, Pier ...

  23. Interscope Rolls Out Red Carpet for Il Volo During Grammy Week

    February 12, 2011 5:40 PM EST Italian teen trio Il Volo, on its first trip to America, were feted at Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair's home in Brentwood, California on Thursday night. Fair and Interscope head Jimmy Iovine signed the teenage tenors (Gianluca Ginoble, Pier ...

  24. Grammys Central 2011

    February 10, 2011 10:10 AM EST LATEST NEWS FEB. 14, 2011 Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars, Jeff Beck Light Up Warner Grammy After-Party The artists celebrated with label brass Lyor Cohen, Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald and others. FEB. 10, 2011 Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This ...

  25. Rad Hollow Money Maker

    February 01, 2011 4:47 PM EST CLIVE DAVIS' PARTY, 2/12/2011, MONDRIAN, L.A. Hiroki Beck, International A&R Coordinator, Ministry of Sound U.K.; David Dollimore, Managing Director of Recording, Ministry of Sound U.K.; Dipesh Parmar, Sr. A&R Manager, Ministry of Sou ...

  26. Musicians & Video Games: A Perfect Marriage

    February 01, 2011 7:52 AM EST The biggest music party of 2010 wasn't at Coachella and didn't have anything to do with the Grammy Awards. It was barely advertised and not open to the public. Still, it packed L.A.'s Staples Center last June with a headlining set b ...

  27. Wilco Leaves Nonesuch Records, Start Own Label With Anti-

    January 26, 2011 8:14 PM EST Wilco, the Chicago-based experimental rock band led by Jeff Tweedy, has announced they are leaving their long-time label Nonesuch Records to start their own record company, dBpm Records. The band's longtime manager, Tony Margherita, will run ...

  28. Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Arcade Fire To Headline Coachella, Full Line-Up Announced

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST The lineup for the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival was announced last night, Jan. 18, with Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and Kanye West topping the bills for each of the fest's three nights (April 15, 16 and 17, respectively). A veritable ...

  29. Taylor Swift Sells Out First Tour Dates In Minutes

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Venue owners coast-to-coast are cheering as the first dates for Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" tour go on sale. The country star sold out two shows at L.A.'s Staples Center in two minutes, while her June 25 stop at Gillette Stadium ...

  30. Peter Asher: Long Wait for Beatles on iTunes Was 'Silly'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the 50 years that Peter Asher has been involved in the entertainment industry, he's worn every hat imaginable -- from child actor in his native England to artist as one-half of the '60s duo Peter and Gordon, he later transitioned to A ...

  31. VIDEO: Highlights From The Film And TV Conference

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Film and TV Music Conference ran Oct. 27- 28 in L.A. and featured roundtable discussions, real time critiques, live artist performances and networking opportunities and more. Among the highlights are sit-downs ...

  32. BACKBEAT: THR/Billboard's Film And TV Music Conference - Its A Wrap!

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of THR/Billboard's Film and TV Music Conference CLICK HERE. Now in its 9th year, THR/Billboard’s Film and TV Music conference offered attendees the unique opportunity to learn from, network and expose their music directly to ...

  33. @Film and TV Conference: The Who's Who of TV Reveal Musical Strategy on Day 2

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The second day of The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference in Los Angeles was like a who's who in television, all talking about how they got their start and why/how they incorporated music into their shows. Here are the t ...

  34. @Film and TV Conference: Case Study 'Last Call With Carson Daly'

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Carson Daly PHOTO: ARNOLD TURNER “Last Call With Carson Daly” host Carson Daly and the show’s music booker, Davis Powers, joined Billboard senior editor Ann Donahue today at the THR/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference in Los Angeles to talk abo ...

  35. Full Coverage: The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have joined forces for the two-day Film and TV Music Conference which runs Oct. 27- 28 in L.A. The event explores the role of music in film and television through roundtable discussions, real time critiques, li ...

  36. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  37. In The City Day 3: Nick Mason Talks EMI Court Battle

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During the third and final day of U.K. music conference In The City in Manchester, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason likened the band's recent court case with EMI to "fighting a rear-guard action." In March this year Pink Floyd won a Lo ...

  38. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  39. Eminem Set To Open MTV Video Music Awards

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem is not afraid to open the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV general manager Stephen Friedman said that the rapper, who's nominated for eight trophies, will open Sunday's (Sept. 12) ceremony at the Nokia Theatre, which has been transform ...

  40. The Windish Agency Expanding Into Los Angeles

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Earlier this year, the Windish Agency president Tom Windish said that opening a West Coast office was "in the back of my mind." Now, Windish has confirmed to Billboard that the Chicago-based independent booking firm will expand into Los ...

  41. Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow Duet Receives U.K. Premiere

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reunited band mates Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow turned back the clock today (Aug. 26) when the Take That pair gave their first joint interview in 15 years on national Top 40 network BBC Radio 1. Radio 1 also gave the world premiere to the Will ...

  42. Hugh Laurie Gets The Blues

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British actor and U.S. TV star Hugh Laurie has signed a deal with Warner Music Entertainment (WME) to release a New Orleans-flavored blues album. Laurie, the five-time Emmy winning star of Fox's hit medical drama series "House," wil ...

  43. Update: Electronic Music Festival Hard L.A. Canceled

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hard L.A., the electronic music festival scheduled for July 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, has been canceled, a representative for the event has confirmed. Published reports suggest the event was called off due to security concerns. &q ...

  44. AT&T To Launch Six-Month Latin Concert Series

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AT&T is launching a six-month concert series and social media marketing effort, "Musica Ya!", around more than two dozen Latin acts including Moderatto, Aleks Syntek and Alejandra Guzman. The campaign begins July 4 with a concert by ...

  45. Australian Govt Pledges To Back Songwriters

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists, get to work on your songs. Everything else is window-dressing. That was the overriding theme of the second bi-annual APRA Song Summit, held in Sydney. Peter Garrett , the rock star-turned politician, gave the three-day creative, business ...

  46. MySpace Co-President To Depart Amid Challenges

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The doors just keep swinging at MySpace. MySpace has confirmed a Techcrunch post that co-president Jason Hirschhorn is set to announce his departure tomorrow, nary four months after accepting the co-leadership role with Mike Jones. Jon Miller, chi ...

  47. Christina Aguilera Set For NBA Game 7

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As she did just prior to game six of the NBA Finals, Christina Aguilera will again perform the U.S. national anthem, this time for game seven between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angele's Lakers. The winner-takes-all game is tonight (June 1 ...

  48. Kinect Update: Games Announced. Price, Street Date Rumored

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Kinect motion-capture controller continues to dominate the news coverage out of the E3 Expo conference here in L.A., at least until Sony Computer Entertainment and Nintendo hold their respective press conferences this morning. Aft ...

  49. @E3: Activision Not Backing Down from Music

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre may have struggled last year, but Activision is not showing any signs of walking back from a music-based strategy. In the hours before its big E3 party in L.A. tonight, the company announced a full lineup of games that will fe ...

  50. Business Matters: AT&T, Rdio, C-32, eMusic, Vevo and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services ...

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